America’s looking for a new #1 DJ (not Pauly D)
Tue 3rd Jul, 2012 News 3288 viewsin
Thanks to his unparalleled contributions to the dance music landscape and one of the finest music videos yet crafted, DJ Pauly D has indeed made it onto the nominees list for the 2012 America’s Best DJ award. Now that you’ve breathed your sighs of relief, we can move on. The annual poll – orchestrated by America’s longest-running DJ magazine DJ Times since 2006 – certainly takes in the full scope of Stateside dance music. Or, sort of…
As the website hails, “America hasn’t been this hot for DJ culture and dance music since The Disco Era,” and 100 nominees have been chosen based on “their career accomplishments and current drawing power”. So, on that criteria, you’ve got a real mixed bag on the list: everyone from A-Trak to Carl Craig to DJ Shadow to Moby to…hate magnet du jour Bl3nd. Even German gun Markus Schulz is included in the running, given he now calls Miami home, and there’s a strong showing from young players like Porter Robinson, Kill The Noise and Max Vangeli.
In 2011, the DJ voted ‘America’s Best’ was none other than Kaskade, who has journeyed from deep house specialist to blockbuster stadium-filler. He was closely followed by Skrillex, Z-Trip, BT, Steve Aoki, Diplo and Wolfgang Gartner. 2010 saw DJ Qbert take the top spot. The 2012 winner will be announced in September.
America’s Best DJ – The 100 Nominees
Armand Van Helden
Bad Boy Bill
DJ Pauly D
Faust & Shortee
Felix Da Housecat
Filo & Peri
Gabriel & Dresden
Kill the Noise
Sleepy & Boo
Trouble & Bass Crew